The Last Kingdom Annotated: Episode 1-3

I've decided to write a very brief commentary on Series Two of The Last Kingdom series, with a focus on those aspects which relate to King Alfred the Great and his family, who are of course the subjects of my book. As the question 'Is it accurate?' often comes up in relation to historical Fiction … Continue reading The Last Kingdom Annotated: Episode 1-3


How to Pronounce Æðelflǽd

Aethelflead- the heroine who’s name few can even pronounce.

Aethelflaed Rises

Opinions, or more often the practice of the pronunciation of the Anglo Saxon name Aethelflaed varies greatly, even amongst Historians. Note the difference of pronunciation between Martin Carver’s consistent /æðʊlflæd/ in his BBC Radio lecture and the pronunciations of Michael Wood in the video clip linked to on this blog. Prof. Wood varies between /æðʊlfled/ (once) and /eðʊlflɪ̈d/ (twice). I do not presume to be able to judge which is correct, however I have found the following to be quite useful in drawing my own conclusions and until corrected will be pronouncing her name /eiðʊlflɪ̈d/  ay thul fleed

The main cause of difference seems to be the correct pronunciation of the letter ash (æ) in accented and unaccented forms. Note these in the quote below:

Chr. Erl. 100, 30, states “Hér com Æðelflǽd, Myrcna hlǽfdige, on ðone hálgan ǽfen Inuentione Sanctæ Crucis, to Scergeate, and ðǽr ðá burh getimbrede; and, ðæs ilcan…

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Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History by Janina Ramirez

Kindle Edition Published 1st October 2016 by SPCK, 128 Pages. Over six hundred years ago a woman known as Julian of Norwich wrote what is now regarded as one of the greatest works of literature in English. Based on a sequence of mystical revelations she received in 1373, her book is called Revelations of Divine … Continue reading Julian of Norwich: A Very Brief History by Janina Ramirez

‘The Only True Lancastrians’: or a Tale of Two Ladies named Blanche

There is a claim that is frequently put forward on social media, and even now on Television with the renewed interest in all thing relating to the Wars of the Roses. This is that Henry Tudor was not a 'true Lancastrian' or indeed a 'true Plantagenet'. Some even take it as far as to suggest … Continue reading ‘The Only True Lancastrians’: or a Tale of Two Ladies named Blanche